Something mysterious has vexed the mind of Melvien de Malecroix, the leader of the Order of Woltaris and the Sacred City of Adoulin's Minister of Finance. A proponent of the colonization movement, Melvien's actions as of late have been increasingly erratic, such as spending hours upon hours within the Celennia Memorial Library as well as trips to the jungles alone. Now, the young minister hasn't returned from one of his excursions. Does his journal hold the key to his whereabouts?
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Ah, my dear pioneer, you come to me in troubling times. The order is in utter disarray, for reasons I am certain require no exposition on my part. This leaves us with the pressing question of how we can possibly proceed with our head severed from our body.
You wish to know if aught was amiss with master Malecroix?
Truth be told, of late his trips to Celennia Memorial Library had grown longer and more frequent...and he came to abscond to the jungle without alerting either me or any other of his staff.
I told myself that my worries were unfounded. After all, was he not the staunchest supporter of colonization among us all?
But to say I had no concerns would be a bald-faced lie. His sudden disappearances caused me no end of consternation—after all, I have served the order faithfully since his predecessor's predecessor, and it is highly irregular that I not be apprised of his whereabouts.
So...yes. Yes, something clearly was amiss.
Several times I caught him staring at his face in the mirror, gazing and gazing for hours on end. He had such an intensity about him, it was as if he was seeing himself for the first time.
But you must be tired of the ramblings of a simple servant. Forgive me for taking so much of your attention, and pray visit at any time should you require...
Ah! I just remembered something.
(Melvien's aide shuffles toward an ornate cabinet and removes a bound leather book from the uppermost shelf.)
Perhaps this could provide you with insight that I cannot.
When I entered Lord Melvien's chambers to put his affairs in order, I chanced upon this volume open on his desk. The ink was clear and crisp, and, though I am loathe to pry, it appears to be a collection of his insights into the colonization movement. I would draw your attention to the final entry.
What was it that he witnessed?